Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, Book 1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance Eternal Rider Cover
ISBN: 9780446574495
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As the children of a succubus and an angel, Reseph, Ares, Limos, and Thanatos have always walked the line between good and evil. They are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – powerful, immortal, and cursed to bring forth Doomsday should their Seals break. When Reseph’s Seal breaks and he becomes Pestilence, the countdown to the Apocalypse begins.

Cara Thornhart – a human with a gift for healing animals – knows nothing of Horsemen, Seals, or demons. Then a wounded hellhound is dropped on her doorstep and everything changes. Cara is thrown into the path of Ares, a devastatingly handsome warrior who is the key to helping her understand the supernatural madness that taken over her life. Cara’s drawn to Ares, whose need to protect her stems not only from his desire for her, but from the fact that she is the only being in the world who can keep his Seal from breaking. It’s a race against time for Cara and Ares to stop Pestilence and save the world. But the price of staving off Doomsday could be higher than either Cara or Ares are willing to pay.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Larissa Ione starts her Lords of Deliverance series with a bang in the action-packed Eternal Rider. I was captivated by Eternal Rider from the start and did not want to put Ares and Cara’s book down for anything.

Ares – who will become War if his Seal breaks – is the kind of hero I love. He’s a hardened warrior with a scarred heart and a mission to complete. His rough nature is belied by the depth of his ability to care. Ares is incredibly loving and protective, though those who don’t know him extremely well would never see it. Cara, in turn, is a heroine you have to respect. She a human with an interesting ability and she handles the hellish number of things that are thrown at her with a realistic measure of calm. Separately, Ares and Cara are great characters. As a couple, they heat up the page like nobody’s business. I loved Cara and Ares together and Ms. Ione had me eagerly turning the pages to find out how these two could overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stood in the way of them finding any sort of happiness.

Eternal Rider is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, but this series is a spinoff of Ms. Ione’s Demonica series. It’s clear that events in Eternal Rider are brought about by what happened in the last Demonica book, Sin Undone. Yet while the two series appear to be closely connected, having not yet read the Demonica books I can safely assure readers that Eternal Rider can be read as a standalone. However, I was so intrigued by the Demonica characters I met that I will definitely be reading those books.

Eternal Rider has everything I look for in a paranormal romance and more. There’s risk, danger, lust, and, most importantly, love. I absolutely adored Ares and Cara’s story and I cannot wait to read the next Lords of Deliverance book, Immortal Rider.